Vive la France!

The law library recently added a few new titles to the collection that you can use to research French law and legal principles.

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Organizing your legal research using Clipboard

When conducting legal research online, have you ever wished for a way to organize hyperlinks to relevant information all in one place — without having to save or print an endless amount of materials? Clipboard may be for you! Clipboard is an online service that allows users to collect snippets of interesting website content all in one place. (It’s similar to Pinterest, but offers more comprehensive privacy settings.)

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Finding case law for free using Google Scholar

You might know that you can search for law journal articles for free on Google Scholar. Did you know that you can use Google Scholar to search for case law as well? It’s a great alternative to subscription databases such as Westlaw and Lexis.

To search for cases visit the Google Scholar homepage at and select the button for “Legal Documents” (located just underneath the search bar).

If you know the name of a case relevant to your research, one strategy to search for other cases is to type in the case name, for example “Brown v. Board of Education”:

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The Reference Team Welcomes You Back to Pepperdine!

We would like to give the warmest of welcomes to returning students. We will continue to be here to answer your questions, give instruction on finding print and online legal resources, and provide you with food and soft drinks at the weekly Law Library happy hour on Thursdays at 3:30. The reference office is staffed by knowledgeable and experienced reference librarians seven days a week during the semester, and we look forward to seeing you!

Illinois bars employer access to private social media accounts

It seems as though everyone’s using social media these days – and some employers have tried to use that fact to their advantage. In recent months, there have been news reports of the growing practice among employers to request job applicants’ and even employees’ login information for their personal social media accounts, such as Twitter or Facebook.

Such practices have been called a violation of privacy akin to “requiring someone’s house keys” and have garnered attention from state governments, some of which are moving to outlaw these actions. Maryland was the first state to pass such legislation; Illinois followed suit on August 7, when the state governor signed H.B. 3782. This legislation prohibits employers from requesting access to the personal social networking page of an employee or job applicant. Read more

New HeinOnline Library: Congress and the Courts

The “Congress and the Courts” library is now part of our HeinOnline subscription. This fantastic new resource features William H. Manz’s Congress and the Courts: A Legislative History 1787-2010, which compiles congressional materials on the formation and structure of the federal government. Other helpful new materials include a comprehensive collection of Federal Judicial Center Publications, related periodicals and scholarly articles, and more. Read more about HeinOnline’s Congress and the Courts

Happy Swiss National Day!

It’s August 1 – Happy Swiss National Day!

The roots of Switzerland’s confederation go all the way back to the year 1291, although the federal state of Switzerland that we currently know was not founded until 1848.

Switzerland is a constitutional parliamentary democracy, comprised of a confederation of 26 “cantons,” or states. The federal government has three branches: legislative (Federal Assembly or Parliament), executive (Federal Council), and judicial (Federal Tribunals). Each canton also has its own government.

Switzerland is generally divided into language-based regions. It has four official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansch.

Switzerland, famous throughout the world for its neutrality, is actually a member of several international organizations, including the United Nations and the Council of Europe. It also maintains a close partnership, in trading and other matters, with the European Union through a series of bilateral agreements.

Are you interested in learning more about Switzerland and the Swiss legal system? Here are some resources to get you started!

Legal Research Guides

English-Language Swiss Federal Government Resources

If you are a Pepperdine law student, and you need help researching Swiss law, contact the law library’s Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, Jennifer Allison (who speaks and reads German).